Money to burn, anyone?- Library of Mu
- Library of Mu record:
- Title: Money to burn, anyone?
- Date: 07 November, 1995
- Journal: Guardian (G2)
- Author: Adam Sweeting
- Type of resource: Reviews
- Status: original
- No. views: 2011
- Description: Poor review of the Omnibus program; he doesn't really get it.
Money to burn, anyone?
By Adam Sweeting (07 November, 1995, Guardian (G2))
While people have been known to contemplate suicide after forgetting to
purchase what would have been a winning lottery ticket, carefree
art-terrorists the K Foundation burned a million pounds last year in a
shed on a tiny Scottish island, and now seem to have no idea why they did it.
'Foundation Course In Art' (Omnibus, BBC1) held up a mirror to the
oblique strategies and conceptual confusion which seem, in equal measure, to
drive the K Foundation, and discovered two bewildered, unhappy men.
The K Foundation are Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, who used to be the
pop duo KLF. Having outwitted the music industry by creating outrageous
chartbusters like 3am Eternal and Justified and Ancient and walking away
with a handsome profit, Cauty and Drummond now seem to have outwitted
themselves by getting sucked into a cerebral black hole, where the
distinctions between good art, bad art, ironic gesture and irreversible
act have disappeared. Seeking, apparently, to poke a stick in the eye of
the art establishment, The K Foundation found they have committed a
vastly expensive publicity stunt which afforded them little publicity.
Kevin Hull's film mooched along behind the
disconsolate conceptualists as they wondered what to do with their
grandiloquent gesture. Their options seemed limited. One gallery thought
it might be able to sell the suitcase containing charred £50 notes -
"this fantastic iconoclastic gesture!" - for £1,000. At the In The City
music-biz backslapathon, Drummond/Cauty showed a film of the
money-burning stunt, then answered questions from a listless audience.
Snag is, the K men (sic.) have always dealt in myth and sown a trail of
confusion, so nobody quite believes they really burned the money. And if
they did, they must be nuts. Confucius says: Aston Martin dealer will not
accept suitcase full of ash as down payment.
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